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FAQ’s

  1. Why is diet important for children’s dental health?
  2. At what age should I start brushing my children’s teeth?
  3. Who is a candidate for dental implants?
  4. What is dentin hypersensitivity?
  5. When do you need a root canal?
  6. Why are people with diabetes susceptible to dental infections?
  7. When should third molar or wisdom teeth be extracted?
  8. Why should I change my amalgams for resins?

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1. Why is diet important for children’s dental health?

 

What children eat will have a positive or negative influence on their teeth: solid foods, fibrous or with tough consistencies strengthen the enamel and improve gum health. But very soft, sticky foods remain attached to the teeth, and are very damaging because when not properly removed, they are broken down into sugars detrimental to the tooth enamel, leading to cavities.

As far as milk and its derivatives, they are important in childhood, but parents should follow intake with thorough cleaning of the mouth. Milk accumulation around the teeth is also breaks down into sugars and has harmful consequences.

 

2. At what age should I start brushing my children’s teeth?

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The earlier the better. During the first months, clean your baby’s gums with a wet cloth (only water). When the first teeth appear, brush them using a soft bristle brush without toothpaste. As more teeth appear you change the brush according to age. Only start to use toothpaste for children when they can spit (about three years) and the amount used is only a drop.

3. Who is a candidate for dental implants?

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Any patient who has lost one or more teeth, and has healthy gums and enough bone to insert a dental implant. For this reason, before proceeding with the treatment, a panoramic X-ray or bone scan are required for assessment. Today, we have new techniques to increase the amount of bone necessary.

It is important to assess the medical history of the patient and if necessary, order laboratory testing to ensure he/she will be a good candidate for this procedure.

4. What is dentin hypersensitivity?

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It is the sharp and transitional pain occurring when a tooth comes in contact with a stimulus such as acidic foods, cold, hot, or contact with the toothbrush. Its duration is very short and usually goes away when the stimulus causing it has stopped, unlike other pains linked to different problems.

The pain occurs because the tooth has a tissue called dentin, composed of dentine tubules, and when exposed, it broadcasts every temperature change to the nerve causing pain.

Hypersensitivity may be caused by gum recession (when the gum recedes from its normal positioning at the root’s crown), usually for excessive consumption of acidic foods and sweets, among others.

5. When do you need a root canal?

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When the pulp (the nerve of the tooth) is injured either by decay, fractures, traumas, continuous sensitivity, etc. , the tooth is infected, becomes inflamed and even changes color. The pain occurs when eating cold, hot or biting on tough food, even though at times no symptoms will show.

Unlike with dentine, hypersensitivity to pain does not go away or will take longer when the stimulus is removed.

The root canal cleans the irritated tissue, eliminates bacteria and pain and prevents the loss of a tooth.

 

6. Why are people with diabetes susceptible to dental infections?

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Because the accumulation of sugar in the body facilitates the growth of bacteria in the tissues. These bacteria release toxic substances that in turn produce inflammation such as periodontitis resulting in the loss of fibers supporting the teeth and creating bone destruction.

Likewise, the sugar causes a thickening of blood vessels making it difficult the flow of nutrients from the blood into the tissues (vitamins and minerals) and the removal of debris (blood cells, white blood cells) which hampers the movement and facilitates infection.

7. When should third molar or wisdom teeth be extracted?

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Being the last teeth to appear in the mouth, they often have no space left in the jaw, and become partly or completely retained. This can cause infection, cavities of neighboring teeth, crowding, pain, cysts and tumors.

In post-orthodontic treatment (after braces), extraction is important to avoid potential dental crowding.

Wisdom teeth are not crucial for mastication, therefore extraction is also indicated when they no longer have enough space to develop naturally in the mouth.

 

8. Why should I change my amalgams for resins?

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Amalgam is a silver-gray material that consists of 50% liquid mercury mixed with silver, tin, copper and zinc. The paste once placed keeps hardening the next few days while releasing mercury vapors, mean while the patient swallows and inhales. This mercury accumulates in organs such as kidneys, liver or brain.

It was discovered that mercury vapors are also released during chewing. Chewing increases the production of toxic mercury vapor 6 times. When the mouth has a combination of metals like gold crowns, bridges and fillings, the amount of mercury released is 10 times larger.

Excessive gum chewing, smoking and bruxism are some of the factors also associated with increased levels of mercury released in the body.

High mercury levels found in blood have been associated with autoimmune diseases such as lupus erythematosus and lichen planus, allergies, headaches, depression, increased aggression, among others.

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Phone Numbers: CR +506-2228-0541, USA Whatsapp +506- 6050-8910, +506-8827-7825

 

Skype: Dental Dental Costa Rica

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